Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Gaming Competition Supports Alzheimer’s Research

By April 18th, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Comment

By Egle Marija Ramanauskaite, Citizen Science Coordinator at EyesOnALZ


Stall Catchers
– a citizen science game by the EyesOnALZ project, has just introduced a team feature and is running a team competition to #CrushALZ. The competition has kicked-off during the #CrowdCloudLIVE hangout following the premiere of The Crowd & The Cloud documentary on citizen science on April 6th.

In Stall Catchers, participants analyze movies of a live mouse brain to identify “stalls” – blocked capillaries where blood is not flowing. Immediately after the kick-off, Stall Catchers players hit all previous records, with more than 3 thousand vessels analyzed in the first 4 hours of the competition, which climbed to 13 thousand at the end of Day 1. This amount would take weeks to analyze in the lab! Read the rest of this entry »

Out of Sight, Out Of Mind: Visualizing the Invisible

By February 21st, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Comment

When smog is so thick that it clouds our vision, we can see and acknowledge that air pollution is a problem. In December of last year, China issued its second ever red alert, their highest rating for air pollution, and last month, London broke modern air pollution records.

But on days when the haze has lifted, we tend to forget air pollution is still there. More to the point, we forget about how air pollution affects our health and the environment. It’s out of sight, and therefore, out of mind.

But what if we could actually see air pollution levels, even when the smog isn’t present? Would this motivate us to make changes about how we live our lives? This is where AirVisual comes in. Air Visual is a crowd-sourced platform that provides information and access to historical, real-time, and forecast air quality data in a visually engaging way. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Shape New Directions in Open Science: Vote for your favorite Innovation!

By December 27th, 2016 at 11:15 am | Comment 1

By: Elizabeth Kittrie, Senior Advisor for Data Science, National Institutes of Health

In the spirit of open science – a movement to make data and other information from scientific research available to everyone — the National Institutes of Health invites you to cast your vote and help us decide which of the projects competing for the Open Science Prize are the most innovative and most likely to have the greatest impact. Your vote plays a critical role in determining the three finalists for the ultimate selection of a grand prize winner of $230,000.00

In this competition, six finalist teams, composed of at least one U.S.-based and one international researcher, are using open data to improve human health. Open data refers to publicly-accessible data that is available for re-use by anyone.  The US Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency to NIH, is one of many government agencies around the world that has made health care data publicly available.  You can find over three thousand health data sets publicly available via the healthdata.gov portal. Read the rest of this entry »

Stall Catchers: A Citizen Science Game to Combat Alzheimer’s

By October 1st, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Comment

Guest post by: Egle Marija Ramanauskaite

Some of you have been keen to hear more news about the project to fight Alzheimer’s – EyesOnALZ (formerly known as WeCureALZ), which we introduced in the earlier posts of this series. And guess what – we have big news to tell! And a brand new citizen science game to invite you to! Don’t worry if you’re hearing about the project for the first time though – we will tell you all about it! Read the rest of this entry »

Better Living through Citizen Science

By May 20th, 2016 at 1:27 am | Comment

Life-changing citizen science.
People just like you are advancing medical research. Wondering where to start?
Our editors have selected six projects to get you started. Find more than 1,600 citizen science projects and events in the SciStarter Global Project Finder.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team